YMMV: Land of the Lost
Regarding the series:
- Cult Classic
- Fanon Discontinuity: Many fans like to assume the last episode of the first season, "The Circle," is actually set at the end of the second season, allowing the Marshalls to get home, and ignoring the third season entirely.
- I Am Not Shazam: Despite what the theme song says, "Marshall" is the family's last name; the dad's name is Rick.
- Narm Charm: IN SPADES!
- Nightmare Fuel: The Sleestaks as a whole and several of the episodes.
- Seasonal Rot: The third season got left out of the recent marathons on the Sci-Fi Channel and Chiller. With good reason.
- Special Effect Failure: Claymuppet dinosaurs, blindingly mismatched green-screen transfers, yetis wrapped in shag carpeting, and a unicorn with a chinstrap, among many, many other examples. The Dopey puppet was a particularly bad example.
- WTH, Casting Agency?: Future NBA Star Bill Laimbeer playing a Sleestak in the series. (Note that this was long before he made it to the NBA; he was only seventeen at the time.)
- There are very few actors tall enough for Sleestak. There are many basketball players tall enough.
Regarding the film:
- Awesome Music: Michael Giacchino comes up trumps again. Bonus points for calling his end title track "End Credits Can Suck It!"
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Leonard Nimoy plays the voice of Zarn! ...For all of thirty seconds anyway.
- Special Effects Failure: Despite being better than the series, the movie's effects sometimes suffers this, especially with The more obvious CG Dinosaurs.
- Rooting for the Empire: Marshall is such a jerkass, you seriously want Grumy to just eat him already...
- He does! But Marshall survives.
- So Bad, It's Good
- The Sleestak sex scene.
- The giant mosquito scene.
- The drug scene and its aftermath.
- Rick and Holly becoming a couple, considering she was his daughter in the show. Particularly squicky when he gives her a compliment at one point that makes no sense except as something a father would say to a daughter.
- Then again, at times Will and Holly's relationship in the original series had some incestuous overtones. This Troper recalls in ep. 2 how, when trapped by Sleestaks and hanging in a net, Will touches his sister's cheek, looks in her eyes like a lover and tell her how brave she is. I was all, "Oh, hell, no".
- This Is Your Premise on Drugs: About the only way you can explain the movie to someone without looking like a fool.
- Visual Effects of Awesome: Which was yet another way it sharply contrasted the original series.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: The movie. Despite being based on a Saturday kiddie show, it's really and truly not for children.